As sugarcane forms the backbone of sugar industry, IBAP has been laying emphasis on development of sugarcane. Therefore, besides helping the sugar factories to get loan from Sugar Development Fund, Govt. of India the Chief Cane Adviser of IBAP advice the members on latest technologies on sugarcane agronomy, better cultivation practices by adopting new high sugar content, early maturing, high yielding varieties of cane to increase sugarcane yield and sugar recovery in the country. The Chief Cane Adviser also advises the members on pests and diseases management in sugarcane fields.
As sugarcane is the backbone of the sugar industry and as the varieties of sugarcane play a major role not only in increasing sugarcane productivity but also sugar recovery, IBAP in an attempt to improve the productivity of sugarcane, constituted a Committee to conduct varietal trials in different cooperative sugar factories operational areas .
SUITABLE IRRIGATION SYSTEMS
Sugarcane is a raw crop and can be grown under virtually any irrigation system with the most common being surface furrow irrigation, sprinklers on a grid pattern, travelling rainguns, centre pivot irrigators and drip systems.
The choice of irrigation system is always site specific and should only be made after careful analysis of topography, soils, water source, water quality, power availability/cost, crop water requirement and irrigator labour availability/cost.
This analysis must also take into account both capital and operating costs and often a comparison of different systems is needed to make an optimum choice. Some larger schemes may require a combination of different irrigation systems.
EXPERIENCE IN IRRIGATION
IBAP has always been closely involved with irrigation because of its impact on sugarcane production.IBAP’s experience and capability extends from the initial analysis, design and specification of different irrigation systems, to the on-going operation and maintenance of irrigation networks. This covers both in-field irrigation and the bulk water conveyance infrastructure that is required to bring water from source to field.IBAP has also been involved in the conversion and modernisation of older irrigation systems.